June 19 2018
Today, at approximately 4:45 p.m. the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office received a report that a citizen had spotted what appeared to be a body in the Willamette River, approximately 6 miles south of the City of Dayton. The citizen was on the bank of the river and the body was visible from shore.
YCSO Marine Patrol Deputies launched a patrol boat from the Wheatland Ferry area and proceeded upriver where they were able to locate and recover the body of a young boy.
Based on the location, time frame, and physical descriptors of the deceased boy, deputies believed him to be 11 year old Nehemiah Wilson. Wilson had disappeared while playing in the river at Wallace Marine Park in Salem on June 23rd.
Wilson's family was, coincidently, already at the Wheatland Ferry area searching for him with personal watercraft and canoes when the call came in to Yamhill County dispatchers. They were advised of the recovery mission shortly after deputies arrived at Wheatland.
At about 7:00 p.m. deputies recovered the boy's body and returned to the Wheatland Ferry boat launch area. The body was positively identified as Nehemiah Wilson by family members.
"The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police did an extensive search at the time of disappearance." said Yamhill County Operations Captain Chris Ray. "These operations are very difficult, especially in powerful, high volume rivers such as the Willamette. Our hearts go out to Nehemiah's family as they work through this loss."